Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joan

Book Description

A Tale of Family, Broth
erhood, and the Healing Power of Love
After the tragic death of her husband, Aven Norgaard is beckoned to give up her life in Norway to become a housekeeper in the rugged hills of Nineteenth-Century Appalachia. Upon arrival, she finds herself in the home of her late husband’s cousins—three brothers who make a living by brewing hard cider on their three-hundred acre farm. Yet even as a stranger in a foreign land, Aven has hope to build a new life in this tight-knit family.
But her unassuming beauty disrupts the bond between the brothers. The youngest two both desire her hand, and Aven is caught in the middle, unsure where—and whether—to offer her affection. While Haakon is bold and passionatey, it is Thor who casts the greatest spell upon her. Though Deaf, mute, and dependent on hard drink to cope with his silent pain, Thor possesses a sobering strength.
As autumn ushers in the apple harvest, the rift between Thor and Haakon deepens and Aven faces a choice that risks hearts. Will two brothers’ longing for her quiet spirit tear apart a family? Can she find a tender belonging in this remote, rugged, and unfamiliar world?
A haunting tale of struggle and redemption, Sons of Blackbird Mountain is a portrait of grace in a world where the broken may find new life through the healing mercy of love.
My Review
What a story! Aven Norgaard had no idea her deceased husband’s three cousins are adults. With nothing left for her in Norway, she sets off for the US by an invitation from her husband’s aunt, but things have drastically changed when she gets there. And she finds out the boys she thought she would help take care of were not boys. But as Aven stays with the boys and their housekeeper, a love grows between them, bonding them as family. Another surprise is that these boys made a healthy living by making hard cider. Something she does not approve of. What will Aven do? Will she continue to stay with the Norgaard guys and their housekeeper? Will one of the boys wil her affection? 
Joanne Bischof writes a riviting tale in Sons of Blackbird Mountain. From the unique characters that come right off the page to meet the readers, to each scene describing the details, this book is one that I couldn’t put down. The author deals with several issues here, substance abuse, brothers rivalry, neighbors rivalry, deaf, and so much more in this book, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.  I thought her descriptions in the deaf scenes were so spot on, and she handled it so well and with much grace. I learned a lot about this issue reading this book. And though I don’t use hard cider, or anything like it, it was fascinating at how precise the production is. And Aven, being the Christian she was, came up with some pretty impressive recipes and ideas to use the hard cider in different ways than just drinking and getting drunk. The main characters in this story each has their own part to make this family work, which makes the book more intriguing. 
I hope you will check this book out, and I think you will be happy you chose this one! I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Arms of Mercy by Ruth Reid

Book Description

He lost her once to a rash decision.
He will not lose her again.
On the eve of a new year, Catherine Glick is expecting her bu of five years to propose. Instead, the unexpected arrival of an old boyfriend, Elijah, sends her life spiraling out of control. When a rash decision damages her current relationship, Catherine leaves for Florida to work in her cousin’s bakery—anything to flee the source of her shame.
Elijah Graber knows he hurt Catherine when he left their Amish district six years ago. He’s determined to explain his actions, even if it means following her to Florida. Perhaps their two-day bus trip together will provide enough time for him to make his case and win her back.
Just when Elijah is starting to tear down the walls Catherine has built, their bus skids on an icy road—and amid the mayhem and tragedy that follow, Catherine disappears. Elijah’s friends urge him to prepare for the worst, but Elijah holds on to his hope in God and refuses to give up his search for Catherine. With supernatural nudging from the most unexpected places, Elijah sets out to find the love he once lost—no matter the cost.
Five years is a long time to be engaged, and surely this was the Christmas that Zach would propose to his girlfriend Catherine Glick, but that just didn’t happen. Then New Years came and went and still no proposal. One thing I can say is Zach is either a patient guy or he doesn't want to get married! So what’s a girl to do? Just propose to the boyfriend? But then that didn’t suit Zach. Then an old beau comes back into the picture and Catherine is not sure she really got over him, but he left and married another. His return is because he lost his wife. Catherine has a lot to think about with this one. 

This was another enjoyable read from author Ruth Reid! I did wonder about Zach, he wasn’t the man he should have been. But then as the story goes on, there is so much that happens here in this book, so many twists and turns that throws your mind all over the place. I was glad for Catherine that Elijah came back into the picture for her, and by following her to Florida he seemed interested as well as remorse for the way he left Catherine. So he was trying to find some solid ground here. 

If you enjoy Amish reads, this is one you will enjoy. Pick up your copy today and see what you think. I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. The opinions you read here are totally mine.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

IBC Jesus Calling Bibles for Kids

Book Description

Dive into God’s Word as you enjoy heartfelt devotional time with the ICB Jesus Calling Bible for Children. This is the first full-text ICB Bible for children with 160 full-page devotions from the Jesus Calling children’s devotional. The two-color Bible text and devotional content are complemented by an additional 96 vibrantly colored Bible story inserts that tell key stories from the Bible, along with a takeaway application. Also included are 365 highlighted key memory verses for young readers, prayers, and kid-friendly applications. The ICB Jesus Calling Bible for Children will help your children grow in knowledge and in relationship with the Lord.
The Jesus Calling brand has touched millions of lives as the words speak to readers and help them grow closer to God. As you read the devotions alongside their inspiration—the inerrant and beautiful Word of God—the ICB Jesus Calling Bible for Children will ignite faith in children and show them the true power of God’s living Word.
My Review
This is a powerful devotional for kids. With the full text, your child will be able to read the entire Bible. I like that it has a lot of pictures, devotions that are for the younger generation. There are many helpful tips and tools to help children memorize scripture, learn at an early age the Bible stories all of us are so use to growing up. 
I always like new Bibles geared toward the younger kids in our lives. It’s important to teach children the Bible early in life and Bibles such as this one will help parents do that  
received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. The opinions you read here are totally mine.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky


Across the Blue

About Across the Blue

Set in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith.

Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don’t approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson’s new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson’s newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella’s heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella’s faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?


Across the Blue is set in Edwardian England in the early 1900's and an interesting story about early aviators and the first flight across the English Channel. Being a daughter of a wealthy English newspaper owner, Bella Grayson is more interesting in writing for her fathers paper than marrying a wealthy suitor like her parents want her to do. When James Drake lands his plane on the property of Bella's parents, Bella became more interested, and decided to write an article in secret the see if her father and his editor liked her writing. 

I immediately liked James and Bella. James was young and trying his best to be the first one to fly across the English channel, and Bella acted like a normal person to him, instead of the way her rich family acted. The excitement was very high as those who had built the planes and were in the running for the title. And for more information on who else was running and when they did, well you need to read the book to find out. Otherwise, the excitement will be gone if you know what happens. 

I will have to say that I did not completely read this entire book. I dropped out about 3/4's the way though. The reason being, I had an ARC to read, and there were a ton of mistakes and typos. It got to the place of being very annoying.  I understand an ARC is the uncorrected copy, but I usually find the mistakes very minimal. For a big publisher, and a big author, I was very surprised and disappointed. 

However, this is a very good story, and if you are purchasing the book, then you will get the new edited version so your story will be amazing! and I highly recommend this book. 

A copy of Across the Blue was provided by Blogging for Books for me to read and review. The opinions here in this review are mine alone. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Chasing the Sun by Tracie Peterson

Product Description

Tracie Peterson Embarks on a New Texas Series

When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but for the ranch her father recently acquired on the Texas plains. Though a marriage of convenience could ease her predicament, she determines to trust God for direction.

Wounded soldier William Barnett returns to his home only to discover that his family's ranch has been seized. Though angry and bitter at this turn of events, he's surprised to discover that it is a beautiful young woman with amazing fortitude who is struggling to keep the place running. 

Hannah, desperate for help, and William, desperate to regain his family's land, form an uneasy truce. But nearby Comanche tribes, the arrival of Confederate soldiers, and a persistent suitor all threaten the growing attraction that builds between them. Will they be able to set aside their own dreams and embrace the promise of a future together?

My Review

Set in Texas during the Civil war, life was not easy for Hannah Dandridge and her family. When her father goes to see his sick mother, Hanna is left to take care of her younger siblings and the the ranch her father recently acquired. The war had caused so my division in Texas, and even the ranch now owned by Hannah’s family was was questionable. When William Barnett shows up and finds his family ranch occupied by someone else, he determines to get his family’s homestead back. 

Being a story written during the Civil War, some parts of this story is so difficult to read. But it’s something we all need to understand, that life has not always been as easy as it is for most of us today. And Tracie Peterson does what she always does so well, writes a story that will capture you from the very beginning and keep you interested until the last page. There’s a lot happening, difficulties and betrayal, many twists and turns. I love the suspense, and enough romance to make you want to see what happens next with this couple. And I thank this author for weaving the storming faith of Hannah during all of the decision she had to make. And that through it all, God was there with her. 

This book was given to me by the publisher to read and review and post what I think about the story. This review offers my opinion only. The 5 Star rating is my opinion of how well the story flows, how well written, and just my overall opinion. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings

Product Description

She's Finally Found a Place to Call Home . . . How Far Will She Go to Save It?
With nothing to their names, young widow Rosa Garner and her mother-in-law return to their Texas family ranch. Only now the county is demanding back taxes and the women have just three months to pay.

Though facing eviction, Rosa falls in love with the countryside and the wonderful extended family who want only her best. They welcome her vivacious spirit and try to help her navigate puzzling American customs. She can't help but stand out, though, and her beauty captures attention. Where some offer help with dangerous strings attached, only one man seems honorable. But when Weston Garner, still grieving his own lost love, is unprepared to give his heart, Rosa must decide to what lengths she will go to save her future.

"Jennings's debut novel will have historical romance fans flocking to her tale that puts a Texas spin on the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz... a lovely picture of God's provision, forgiveness, and love." --Publishers Weekly
"Unconventional heroine; engaging secondary characters...brings something new to the genre."--Christian Manifesto
"The twists and turns in this book keep your attention to the very end." --Libraries Alive

My Review

I was glad to read This debut read from author Regina Jennings. The story is one that drew me in from the beginning. The characters are so real like, and the plot will keep your interest with the twists and turns in the story. Rose and her mother in law had a difficult time after moving back to heir ranch in Texas. Their only way out was to trust the Lord. With Rose’s beauty, she attracted many men that seemed willing to help, but they were not all honorable. Rose has many tough decisions she has to make, and I wanted to pray that these decisions would be the right ones. I really liked and enjoyed the Texas spin that Ms. Jennings put on the story of Boaz, Ruth and Naomi in the Bible. This brings the Biblical story to life in a way I never thought. It was good to read Ms. Jennings take on what Ruth and Naomi’s story could have been like! 

This book was given to me by the publisher to read and review and post what I think about the story. This review offers my opinion only. The 5 Star rating is my opinion of how well the story flows, how well written, and just my overall opinion. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017



I thought this books started slow, but the more you read, the more interesting it gets. The characters were interesting and well developed thoughout the story. Sean was my favorite, I think everyone would like him. He always  stood up for his faith and his God, but not in a way that made him seem holier than thou! He was just a nice guy and I was really rooting for him and Meghan to get together. Hazel was the sweetest old lady and my heart ached for her and the heartache she lived for 70 years. To have that one her mind for that long, it was just horrible. I didn't really like Diane and her attitude, but in the end, I understand why she acted like she did. She's just not my favorite of them all. 
Hazel’s sister Maggie has disappeared when their mother sent Hazel blackberry picking and sent three year old Maggie with her. Despite the community searching effortlessly, Maggie was never found. Hazel and her parents were never the same. Life was hard, bitter and so sad from that day on. Hazel went through life with Maggie’s lost a secret from her family. It was when her granddaughter came to stay with Hazel to heal from an accident that the secret was accidentally brought to surface. Follow the journey of Hazel, her daughter Margaret Diane, her granddaughter Meghan and Meghan Cold Case Crime partner Sean as they investigate this seventy year old case of missing persons. I highly recommend this book. Kim Vogel Sawyer dies a really nice job of weaving God and the Christian life into the lives of her characters. I appreciate that. 
A copy of Bringing Maggie Home was provided by Blogging for Books for me to read and review. The opinions here in this review are mine alone. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Faith by Lyn Cote

Faith by Lyn Cote


The Civil War battlefield is the last place Quakeress Faith Cathwell thought she’d find herself. But with a gift for nursing, Faith seizes this opportunity to join the fight for abolition―and to search for Shiloh, a freeborn childhood friend who was kidnapped and sold south by unscrupulous slave catchers.

Knowing it’s much too dangerous for her to search enemy territory alone, Faith enlists the help of Colonel Devlin Knight, who is indebted to her for saving his cousin’s life. A career soldier, Dev is committed to the preservation of the Union but conflicted about freeing his own slave and confidant, who plans to enlist as soon as Dev gives him manumission papers.

Blazing a trail east with the rest of Grant’s army, Dev and Faith fight their personal battles―and a growing attraction to each other. When beliefs clash and passions flare, they quickly find that the only thing more dangerous than the war surrounding them is the battle within their hearts.

My Review

Faith Cathwell is what I would call a determined woman. As she did her job as a nurse in the Civil War, she was really looking for her kidnaped and freed friend who was a woman of color. Which was a very dangerous situation for anyone, much less a woman. Faith did ask for help from Cournal Devlin Knight and the two of them determine to find Shiloh, as dangerous as it may be.

This book is a journey of struggles and difficulties and Faith and Delvin continue to find Shiloh. I did enjoy these two character and the rest of the cast in this book. At the story unfolds, I enjoyed seeing the characters come to life more and grow into people that were believable and like real. Lyn Coye does her job well as she combines the lives of these two, and writes a story of love and forgiveness. And even though Faith and Devlin were looking for a friend, they found more than they ever though they would find. Read this book to find out the ending of their story. 

The publisher, Tyndale House provided this book. This review is my honest opinion of how I felt about the book, all opinions here are mine alone! 

About the Author


In 1997, Lyn Cote's first book, Never Alone, was chosen for the "new" Love Inspired romance line. Since then, Lyn has had over thirty-five novels published. In 2006 Lyn's book, Chloe, was a finalist for the RITA, and her book Her Patchwork Family was a finalist for the Carol Award in 2010 and Her Healing Ways won in 2011. These are two of the highest awards in the romance genre.

Lyn's brand "Strong Women, Brave Stories," always includes three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters. Lyn also features stories of strong women both from real life and true to life fiction on her blog http://BooksbyLynCote.com

Lyn also can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. Drop by and "friend or follow" her. Now living her dream of writing books at her lake cottage in northern Wisconsin, Lyn hopes her books show the power of divine as well as human love.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Underground Culinary Tour How America Eats

The Underground Culinary Tour: How the New Metrics of Today's Top Restaurants Are Transforming How America Eats by [Mogavero, Damian, D'Agnese, Joseph]The Underground Culinary Tour

How America Eats

In the bestselling tradition of Moneyball, The Underground Culinary Tour is a high-octane, behind-the-scenes narrative about how the restaurant industry, historically run by gut and intuition, is being transformed by the use of data.
Sixteen years ago, entrepreneur Damian Mogavero brought together an unlikely mix of experts—chefs and code writers—to create a pioneering software company whose goal was to empower restaurateurs, through the use of data, to elevate and enhance the guest experience. Today, his data gathering programs are used by such renown chefs as Danny Meyer, Tom Colicchio, Daniel Boulud, Guy Fieri, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, and countless others.

Mogavero describes such restaurateurs as the New Guard, and their approach to their art and craft is radically different from that of their predecessors. By embracing data and adapting to the new trends of today’s demanding consumers, these innovative chefs and owners do everything more nimbly and efficiently—from the recipes they create to the wines and craft beers they stock, from the presentations they choreograph to the customized training they give their servers, making restaurants more popular and profitable than ever before.

Finally, Damian takes readers behind the scenes of his annual, invitation-only culinary tour for top chefs and industry CEOs, showing us how today’s elite restaurants embrace new trends to create unforgettable meals and transform how we eat. From the glittering nightclubs of Las Vegas to a packed seasonal restaurant on the Long Island Sound, from Brennan’s storied, family-run New Orleans dynasty to today’s high-stakes celebrity chef palaces, The Underground Culinary Tour takes readers on an epicurean adventure they won’t soon forget.

My Review

This is an amazing book for those who are in the restaurant business, or might be going into that business. Though I'm not a restaurant owner, I did enjoy reading through this book. Its a pretty fast pace read, but it had so many tips and tools, that it would be an excellent help. In my younger years I worked in several restaurants, and it was always interesting to see the overall run of the places. I can see where this would be an excellent tool for any restaurant owner. Or anyone in the food industry. Need a gift for that special person that you don't know what to give, this would be a good book to give. In addition to all of the super stuff in this book, the copy I reviewed is a nice hardcover with a very eyecatching dustjacket. High quality book.
This book was provided by Blogging for Books blog tours. I was  not ask to write a positive review. The opinions here are mine alone!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I Can by by Kathryn O'Brien (Author), Gillian Flint (Illustrator)

With a repetitive, rhythmic introduction of Philippians 4:13 (“I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength”), I Can turns Bible memorization from a duty to a delight for children, using the author’s unique teaching strategy. This purposeful presentation of Scripture will help children memorize, understand, and absorb passages as the author presents this powerful verse one word at a time, teaching the meaning of each individual word before presenting the entire passage. I Can builds a meaningful connection between God’s Word and a child’s life experiences, laying a foundation for a love and comprehension of Scripture. Parents and children will enjoy interacting together over the passage.

My Review
This book is very nice for kids to read. Phil. 4:13 is a special verse to me because it was my dad's favorite verse. It is a great verse to teach kids. The author Kathryn O'Brien does a amazing job of taking each verse and explaining it for small children can understand, as well as any age child that reads this book. Grounding children in the truths and principles in the Bible is so important and a book like this is the way to go. And the pictures throughout the book are great, Gillian Flint does an outstanding job of creating each page special to go with what the author is talking about. It all fits together so well. I would say this little book is a must for you child. And you will enjoy it yourself, just as I did!

I received this book from Tyndale House to read and review. I expressed my own opinion in this review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall

The Angel of Forest Hill
by Cindy Woodsmall

A time of anticipation. A season of miracles.
Because of Joel’s impossible situation, twenty-one-year-old Rose must sacrifice everything. As days pass into years in the midst of the beautiful hills, the laughter of children, and God’s providence—is it too much for Rose to hope for love in return?

An amazing journey toward love and belonging, filled with the wonder of the season of Christ’s birth.

When Old Order Amish Rose Kurtz is asked to leave her family, travel deep into West Vir­ginia, and help Joel Dienner with his children in the wake of tragedy, the quiet young woman recognizes a home where she might find kindness instead of criticism and hope replacing harsh words. She agrees to stay in Forest Hill and become Joel’s wife for the sake of his family needs, but their marriage is to be a partnership, one built from need, not love and affection.

As the years pass, Rose continues to beckon Joel to join life again, to take joy in his growing children, and to awaken his heart to the possibility of new love. Joel hopes that Rose can move beyond deep-rooted hurts to see the beautiful Christmas ahead, their season. But will the arrival of a beautiful widow and a series of misunderstandings reverse how far Rose and Joel have come?

My Review

Rose Kultz is the only girl of 12 children. Her family depended on her more than they should. So, it didn't go over to well with the family when the Bishop ask Rose to visit a family in a small Amish community in West Virginia. Joel lost his wife and was having a difficult time raising his three children, while morning the loss of his wife and partner in life. Since it wasn't proper for Rose and Joel to live in the same house, a quick wedding took place, in name only. How will this family handle the horrific changes that they are facing?

I really like Rose, and I don't know how she stood the treatment she rec'd from her parents and brothers. She lived a sad life with her own family. I was happy for her to be able to take care of a home and children that she enjoyed, even though Joel wasn't much help. This story had emotions flying everywhere, it was sad to read some of it. But I got so attached to the characters, and did appreciate the ending. This is an excellent read, if you want to read it during the Holiday's or any time during the year.

I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

God Made You Nose to Toes

Book Description

Help little ones understand that God created each part of their bodies so they can enjoy life and everything in it. In this delightful padded cover board book by well-known author and family therapist Leslie Parrott, children can follow along with Toucan––with a great big nose––as he helps them learn God loves each one of them completely.

Toucan has a big nose, but that is ok because that's just the way God made him. Author and family therapist Leslie Parrott does a great job in this little board book teaching children that God made them just the way they are, no matter what they look like. She explains to the kids that God loves them completely just like they are. In todays world, this is so important to teach your kids these principles. And this great little book it just what you need as a parent. The story is very cute, the pictures are adorable and the colors are bright and will capture any kids attention.

This book was sent to me from ,…….. to read and review. I expressed my own opinion in this review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The NIV Holy Bible for Girls, Journal Edition

Book Description

The NIV Holy Bible for Girls, Journal Edition is the perfect way to apply Scripture to your everyday life. Designed with the thoughtful writer in mind, a whimsical cover and journaling lines inspire reflection in God’s Word. This Bible contains the full text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV) translation.
Features include:
Lines on each page for journaling and notes Thick paper perfect for any writing utensil A presentation page for gift giving A “How to Use This Bible” page to get started on the right foot Ribbon marker The complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV)

My Review
This is a wonderful Bible for girls who love to journal in their Bibles. The pages are thick and will handle journaling well. The margins are wider than normal Bibles giving plenty of room to write what you want. The outside is a beautiful Pink and I think it is a design that young girls would like to carry around. If you are a fan of taking notes in you Bible, this one is for you. And young girls or older ladies can use this one. There is no age limit to this beautiful Bible.

The features you will find in this Bible will be
Lines on each page for journaling and notes, Thick paper perfect for any writing utensil, A presentation page for gift giving, A “How to Use This Bible” page to get started on the right foot
Ribbon marker and The complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV).

Don't forget to check this one out.
I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible Hundreds of Verses to Color

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible
Hundreds of Verses to Color


Book Description

With hundreds of inspiring verses illustrated in detailed, ready-to-color line art, the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible employs the proven stress-relieving benefits of adult coloring to help quiet your soul so you can reflect on the precious truths of Scripture. Perfect for all ages, the thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, provides ample space for your own artistic expressions and journaling.
The NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible is a perfect gift that will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.
Features of this treasured Bible include:
Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV) Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format Lays flat in your hand or on your desk Ribbon marker.

My Review

This is one Bible that every woman should own. The dust jacket is beautiful, the hardcover front cover is beautiful, the warm and muted colors and calming and peaceful. It is just beautiful inside and out. What a wonderful idea to have a Bible that ladies can color, draw, write in, and customize it as their very own. The margins are very wide so you can have plenty of room to make notes and draw pictures as you want. In addition to all this, you will also find these neat features: Hundreds of verses and art throughout the entire Bible to color as your own; Full text of the NIV; Black font that is easy to read; Thicker pages to make your note taking and coloring easier; Lined margins so you can write and draw in a straighter line; Easily lays flat on your desk or in your hand; and it has a beautiful ribbon marker. Now I'm waiting on the amazing men's version of this Bible.

I highly recommend this for your lady friends and this would make a wonderful gift to give.
I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

A Love Made New By Kathleen Fuller

A Love Made New 
By Kathleen Fuller

Book Description

Abigail Schrock knows God can make all things new, but does that include her broken heart?
It seems as if everyone is falling in love in Birch Creek, including Abigail Schrock. But when heartbreak descends on her already fragile world, she can’t help but feel that if she’d only been a little prettier, she could be on her way down the wedding aisle. To make matters worse, Abigail’s two sisters have found love, while all Abigail can seem to find is the chocolate she has stashed away in the pantry.
Asa Bontrager has never had trouble with the ladies in his Amish community—his good looks have always gotten him far. Which is why he’s baffled by the call he’s received from God to pursue Abigail, a woman who seems determined to turn him away.
Can Abigail find the peace and joy she so desperately desires? Will she allow herself to stop running and melt into the embrace of unforeseen comfort? If she does, she may just discover a love powerful enough to lift the heavy burden of grief weighing her down and restore her hope in a promising future.

My Review

Abigail Schrock's life is just not going as she wants it to. After being away from home for six weeks taking care of her sister, she can't wait to get home to her beau, Joel. Boy was she surprised, shocked and hurt to find out that Joel has fell for someone else while she was away. I felt so bad for Abigail. I love her character so much. I found myself hurting with her, and wanting her to find someone worthy of her. And then there is Asa Bontrager,, who thinks that no women will turn him away. But this is just what Abigail does. Will this Amish young lady ever find the joy and love that she is looking for?

I love the way Kathleen Fuller weaves her stories together to make them just like real life. When I finished this book, I felt like I had a new friend is Abigail! The setting, the characters, and the vivid details throughout this book keeps your interest, and you want to keep reading. This is such a sweet and beautiful Amish story. Though Abigail was so determined to have what she wanted, God had other plans for her. Plans that would make her happier that she ever thought. She just needed to let go and let God have first place in her situation. If you are an Amish fan, you don't want to miss this one.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs

Really Bad Girls of the Bible
by Liz Curtis Higgs

Discover the Truth AboutGod’s Sovereignty
from the Bible’s Really Bad Girls.
Eight of the Bible’s most notorious females strut across the pages of Really Bad Girls of the Bible with troubles that still hit home in the twenty-first century.
The Medium of En Dor crossed over to the dark side. Jael stood up to a ruthless enemy. The Adulteress was caught between a rock and a hard place. Athaliah made a bid for power that ended badly. Bathsheba captured the wandering eye of a king. Herodias made a cruel request of her husband. Tamar exchanged her widow’s weeds for a harlot’s garb. And the Bleeding Woman had a serious health issue only a great physician could handle.

“Higgs does such a remarkable job telling their stories that many of the Good Book’s ‘bad girls’ become downright sympathetic.… Higgs is a refreshingly astute biblical commentator…(and) ably points readers to ‘good girl’ tips they can apply from the Bible’s cautionary tales.”
—Publishers Weekly

Really Bad Girls of the Bible
shines a spotlight on God’s sovereignty, demonstrating one life-changing truth: God rules the lives of those He loves with mercy, compassion, and hope.
Includes Discussion Questions and a Study Guide

Liz Curtis Higgs has written the most wonderful Bible Studies for women. After enjoying the study Bad Girls of the Bible, I wanted to see which Bible ladies made it to the Really Bad list. One thing I love about this study is that Ms. Higgs shows us that women have been facing a lot of the same issues since the beginning of time. And even though the ladies in this study lived long ago, the story of their lives can help us today in our daily lives. The situations and principles are the same. To  be honest, some of these ladies I either had never heard of or just barely remember hearing about in the Bible, so a lot of it was all new to me.
I appreciate the way Ms. Higgs tells the stories of each lady in her study, and then guides everything back to the real reason we have for doing this study, and that is Jesus. She always makes a point of putting Jesus first, in everything. And explaining that life is nothing without Him. This is a wonderful study for your church group or Sunday school group. It has study questions you can answer as a group, and this is always more helpful to me. I love hearing everyone else’s thoughts on what we have read and studied. I encourage you to check out this really neat study.

I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

About the Author
Liz Curtis Higgs


Liz Curtis Higgs admits, “My goal is simple: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon!”
Her latest release, It’s Good to Be Queen, encourages readers to become as bold, gracious, and wise as the queen of Sheba, who journeyed across the desert to test the mind and heart of King Solomon.
In her best-selling series of Bad Girls of the Bible books and videos, Liz breathes new life into ancient tales about the most infamous–and intriguing–women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, these popular titles have helped more than one million women around the world experience God’s grace anew.
Liz also offers a twenty-first century take on the book of Ruth in The Girl’s Still Got It, dishing out meat and milk, substance and style, in a highly readable, always entertaining, and deeply personal journey.
And you’ll find a heartwarming Bible study wrapped inside a beautiful gift book with The Women of Christmas. Verse by verse, Liz unwraps the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, who each welcome the Christ child into the world in a marvelous and miraculous way.
Liz’s award-winning historical novels, which transport the stories of Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Dinah, Ruth, and Naomi to eighteenth-century Scotland, also invite readers to view these familiar biblical characters in a new light.
According to Publishers Weekly, “Higgs is a stickler for period authenticity.” To that end, Liz has traveled sixteen times to Scotland, the setting for her novels, and has filled her shelves with nearly one thousand resource books about Scottish history and culture.
Also a gifted professional speaker, Liz has presented more than 1,700 inspirational programs for audiences in all fifty United States and fourteen foreign countries. When the National Speakers Association honored her with the Council of Peers Award for Excellence, Liz became one of only 35 women in the world named to their CPAE-Speaker Hall of Fame.
On the personal side, Liz is married to Bill Higgs, Ph.D., who serves as Director of Operations for her speaking and writing office. Liz and Bill enjoy their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville, and are the proud (and relieved) parents of two college grads.
“I have three abiding passions: encouraging my sisters in Christ, exploring the stories of women in the Bible, and writing novels set in Scotland of old. When I’m not traveling, speaking, or spinning a story, I connect with readers online, take copious photos, read historical novels, watch period films, and immerse myself in research–the more books, the merrier. I’m a lame housekeeper, a marginal cook, and a mediocre gardener, but home is still my favorite place to land.”
Visit Liz’s Web site: http://www.LizCurtisHiggs.com

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Loyal Heart by By Shelley Shepard Gray

The Loyal Heart
by By Shelley Shepard Gray

Book Description
Robert came to Galveston to fulfill his promise to a dying man and look after his widow. He didn’t expect to find love in the unlikeliest of places.
Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything.
After the war, Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda's home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip's name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast. Even more disturbing is her emotional well-being. Miranda seems hopeless, lost, and so very alone.
Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possible in order to honor a promise. But the moment Robert laid eyes on her, his plans changed. He's mesmerized by her beauty and yearns to help her in any way he can.
He makes it his duty to protect Miranda, turn her reputation around, and to find some way to help her smile again. But it doesn't prove to be an easy task—Robert knows something about Phillip that could shake Miranda to the core and alter her view of the man she thought she knew so well.

My Review

A prison cell in Lake Erie became the home of Confederate soldiers. Growing as close as brothers in this prison, a group of these soldiers made promises to care for one another, no matter what happened. When Phillip Markham lost his life in the prison, Robert Truax knew he had to fulfill that promise and take care of Phillip's wife Marinda. As tough as the situation with Marinda turned out to be, Robert wanted to do the job he came to do and get on with his life. But there were many unexpected bumps in the road that changed those plans.

Shelley Shepard Gray starts another series off with a bang! This beautiful story of love and redemption with capture your hearts. When everything seemed lost and thought there was no hope, Marinda finds out that God does give second chances in life. Robert and Marinda's story is such a sweet heartwarming story. The main characters, as well as the supporting characters will quickly find their way into your heart. I enjoyed the Civil War and post war historical facts and settings. This is a great story for those who enjoy stories with Civil War settings.

A copy of this book was provided to me by BookLook Bloggers for me to read and review. This is my honest opinion of this book.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

NKJV, American Woman's Bible from BookLook Bloggers

NKJV, American Woman's Bible 
Women, Godly Virtues, and the Making of America
By Dr. Richard G. Lee


Bible Description

Discover how biblical virtues in the powerful words and actions of extraordinary American women past and present have shaped our blessed American way of life. By their examples you can develop the same strength of biblical character in your own life. Whether you are a daughter, a mother or a grandmother, you will find this Bible an encouraging and powerful companion for daily living.
Features include: * New King James Version * Theme articles show how biblical virtues have shaped our nation* Biographies of influential American women highlight key points of their lives * Inspirational quotes by or about great women, famous and not well known * Introductions to each book of the Bible * Essays about biblical virtues embodied in women during key chapters of America's story * Ribbon marker * Presentation page for gift-giving
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles
The New King James Version® - More than 60 million copies

My Review
I thought it was sorta cool that the NKJV, American Woman's Bible arrived around July 4th. Just what the ladies in my life need to study how woman throughout history has shaped our nation. Seventy great women tell their story, each one with principles and values that will help each of us grow in the Lord. There are many topics discussed in this Bible, some which are, Forgiveness, Commitment, Faith, Devotion, Hope, Joy, Mercy, Grace, Faithfulness, Love, Devotion, Prayerfulness and so many more. You will be thrilled to get this Bible home and start reading everything here.

I highly recommend this Bible for all ladies to add to their collection of Bible Study tools. I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Gift for All People: Thoughts on God's Great Grace by Max Lucado

The Gift for All People:
Thoughts on God's Great Grace 
The Gift for All People is a celebration of God's gift of salvation wrapped in a collection of inspirational stories. These stories will help Christians comprehend and treasure the assurance of their salvation and will help non-Christians realize and embrace the gift of abundant, eternal life in Jesus Christ. The concluding story, written especially for this book, urges readers to give their lives to Jesus Christ and shows them how to do so. This book will provide Christians with a unique, warm, and attractive presentation of the gospel to give to non-Christian family or friends.

More than anything, God wants you to be with Him. The God who designed your world, the God who placed you on the planet, simply wants you home with Him. And to bring you home, He offers you a gift...the gift of eternal salvation.

My prayer is that through the pages of this book you'll see his gift like you've never seen it.

If you've already accepted it, you'll thank Him again. And if you've never accepted it, I pray that you will. For it's the gift of a lifetime. A gift for all people.

My Review

Salvation through Jesus Christ is a gift to all people. And that is what this book is about. This is a little book with a whole lot of profound meaning! If you have read books by Max Lucado before, you know the simple, understanding way he writes so that everyone can understand what he is saying. But there is nothing simple about the message of this book. These stories told my Mr. Lucado are heartwarming, and tells each person about Jesus, and his Saving Grace. In the last chapter, Max Lucado explains Salvation in a way that anyone can understand and receive Jesus as their Savior.

Max Lucado is one of my favorite non-fiction authors. He lays everything out on the pages that even the simplest minded man or woman can understand, yet he makes it interesting enough for those who have been a Christian for years and are seasoned in the Word of God. I love reading his books, and this one is a very special one, because it tells a person exactly what they need to do in order to go to Heaven. And I love that this is a gift book, because it is short, and can be read in a few hours, and it is beautiful inside and out. If you have a friend or family member that does not know the Lord, then this is a perfect little book to get for them. They just might read it and find Jesus!

I rec'd a copy of this book from Blogging for Book to read and write a review. I only wrote my opinion here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

NKJV Study Bible, Personal Size, Paperback

NKJV Study Bible, Personal Size, Paperback

Book Description
The NKJV Study Bible, the most comprehensive study Bible available, now available in a handy personal size with words of Christ in red! The acclaimed NKJV Study Bible is the most complete study system for all who desire accurate study in God’s Word. The Second Edition includes more features to make it the best all-purpose study Bible. Using the trusted New King James Version, The NKJV Study Bible has “the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor.” Nelson's skilled team of scholars has produced the system to reach for when study in God’s Word is the goal.
Features include: • NEW attractive new full-color page design • NEW stunning Bible-land photos and graphics • NEW in-text maps and charts • Full cross-references with textual notes • Word studies and indexes • Bible Times and Culture Notes • Book introductions, outlines, and timelines • Reader-friendly notes and articles ideal for extended study • Deluxe NKJV Concordance including proper names
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles
NKJV Study Bibles sold to date: More than 1.3 million
The New King James Version®—More than 60 million copies sold

My Review 
I enjoy reviewing different Bibles, because I enjoy the different versions, study tools, and other features each one has. Some of the different features in this unique Bible is that it is a personal size, meaning that it is smaller and easier to carry around than a full size, this one that I am reviewing is paperback. Also in this Bible you will stunning Bible-land photos and graphics, new full color page design, in text maps and charts, cross-references with textual notes, word studies and indexes, Bible Times and Culture notes, book intros with outlines and timelines included, notes and so much more.

I found this little Bible full of features that will be awesome tools when studying the Bible, though its not so little, its about 2400 pages. The full color pages are beautiful and make reading more enjoyable. Each of the different features will amaze you. You really don't have to use each one every time you read the Bible but they are there for you when you need them. I love the maps being on the pages. Overall, this is a wonderful study Bible. There is also a hardcover of this Bible if you would rather have a larger one. Either one would be a great addition to your library.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and post a review. The opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Friday, March 25, 2016

An Unbroken Heart by Kathleen Fuller

An Unbroken Heart

By Kathleen Fuller


About this book

An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna’s world is changed forever.

One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?

After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, Joanna re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same—not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler.

Joanna has loved Andrew since the age of twelve, and her feelings have not changed throughout the years. She is thrilled when Andrew wants to get married, but she wonders whether it’s love he’s feeling, or pity. As the couple’s wedding date approaches, Joanna isn’t overcome with the deep joy she was hoping to feel; instead, she’s wracked with anxiety and guilt.

Joanna hears God whispering to her, Be strong and courageous, but she’s afraid that courage looks a lot like walking away from her dreams and into the plan of her Heavenly Father.

My Review

Arguments with parents happen often, but Joanna Schrock never dreamed this argument would be her last. The accident that happened after the argument changed Joanna's life forever, in ways she never expected. Andrew, her beau since childhood draws closer
to Joanna, knowing her could have lost her in the accident. But is his marriage offer truly because of his love for her?

This was a most enjoyable story. I do not read a lot of Amish stories, but this one captured my attention, with the horrific accident and the heartbreaking happenings after. The story gets intense while Joanna is recovering, with Andrew hovering over her, and Joanna wondering if it was his love or his pity for him that he was acting in such a way.

This story was interesting enough to keep me reading. If you enjoy Amish stories, you will enjoy this one.
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About Kathleen


Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains; God composes, why shouldn’t we? ~Audra Foveo-Alba
Just the facts…I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and now make my home in beautiful Geneva, Ohio. I’ve been married to James for 15 wonderful years (really, they have been wonderful!)  We have three terrific children, three dogs, and an overwhelmed cat. We have also raised cattle, pigs, and chickens at various times over the years. We would have gone into the goat business, but I had to draw the line somewhere. I started writing in 2000, and published my first short story a year later. Since then I have authored several short stories, novellas, novels, and have done a lot of freelance non-fiction work. I have also worked as an editor. I have a Masters degree in Special Education, emphasis on teaching the blind and visually impaired, and a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I have taught all age groups ranging from age 4 to age 18. A few of my favorite things: my relationship with Christ, chocolate (of course!), autumn, a satisfying book, good friends, a sense of humor, people who don’t take themselves seriously, haunting melodies, NFL football, and did I mention chocolate?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Amish Christmas at North Star: Four Stories of Love and Family

Amish Christmas at North Star:
Four Stories of Love and Family

One night four lives entered the world by the hands of an Amish midwife, just outside North Star, Pennsylvania.
Rebekah’s Babies, as they are called, are now grown adults and in four heartwarming novellas each young person experiences a journey of discovery, a possibility of love, and the wonder of Christmas.

Guiding Star
by Katie Ganshert

Curiosity gets the best of Englischer Chase Wellington when he investigates the twenty-five-year-old disappearance of an Amish baby. When he finds adventurous Elle McAllister in Iowa will his discoveries upend her world?

Mourning Star
by Amanda Flower

Eden Hochstetler slips from her parents’ fudge shop to investigate the death of her friend Isaac.  Who is guilty? Isaac’s handsome great nephew Jesse, an angry Englischer, or someone else?

In the Stars
by Cindy Woodsmall

Heartbroken Kore Detweiler avoids North Star after Savilla Beiler rejects his love.  But when he is unexpectedly called to return home, he and Savilla must join forces to keep a family together.

Star of Grace
by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark

Andy Danner left North Star to join a new Amish settlement in Mississippi. His little brother devises a scheme to bring Andy home for Christmas and unwittingly unleashes the power of forgiveness in a reclusive widower’s life.

My Review

Amish Christmas at North Star is four short stories; Guiding Star, by Katie Ganshert, Morning Star, by Amanda Flower, In the Stars, by Cindy Woodsmall and Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark  and Emily Clark. One snowy night in November 1990 was a night Rebekah Schlaback would never forget. Four young ladies gave birth that night, and Rebekah's only help were the nervous father's to be. Each of these four stories are about these babies that were born, 25 years ago. As you read these stories, you will find many twists and turns, secrets, disappointments and happiness in the lives of these four people and their parents. This is a great book, one that can be read around the Holiday's but can also be enjoyed at anytime during the year. My favorite time to read it was on a snowy night here where I live. It just made the story more interesting!

I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I expressed my own opinion in this review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

An Amish Market by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, and Vannetta Chapman

An Amish Market by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, and Vannetta Chapman


All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Feel free to come in and browse!

Love Birds by Amy Clipston
While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?
A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller
Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it—Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?
Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin
Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.
Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman
Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future than they would ever have dreamed possible.

My Review

An Amish Market is four Novella's by four great authors, chunked full of the Amish lifestyle, love in an Amish community and character that you will attach yourself to. Each of these stories are contemporary romances Amish style. The stories in An Amish Market is; Love Birds by Amy Clipston, A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller, Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin and Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman. Each story was fun and entertaining, the characters are believable, you will find a glossary of German words to help understand the story better, and group study questions to talk about in your book club. Books like An Amish Market are good for anyone who don't have the time to read full size books. Each of these stories can be read in a few hours. I recommend this book of Amish Novella's to anyone who loves to read!!

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I expressed my own opinion in this review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.